This Map Shows Where To Get Food From (Almost) All 50 States Without Leaving L.A.
After having spent most of his adult life in the midwest, Andrew Petrovsky moved back to Los Angeles and found himself with a hankering for food from places he'd lived in the past. As the architectural and urban designer went looking for local cuisines, he also noticed restaurant franchises that he liked from other cities popping up in L.A. and decided he wanted to "get it down on paper" so he could remember everything, which led to the ultimate creation of his "Fifty States of L.A." food map:
According to Petrovsky, the map "explores franchises, foods, and cultural styles of the rest of America, and their homes in the City of Angels." After coming up with the initial idea, he called on the very active Redditors of Los Angeles to chip in suggestions and commentary, outlining his criteria as such, in order of priority:
1. Actual franchise: A restaurant from a state that has opened up a location here.
2. Food item: A restaurant that serves an item that is popular in a certain state (à la pierogi or lobster rolls).
3. Ethnic style: A restaurant that serves food in the style of a state with a large population of a certain culture (à la Basque food in Idaho).
From the Maine-representing lobster restaurants of L.A. (Petrovsky includes West Hollywood's Cousins Maine Lobster Restaurant and Silver Lake's Knuckle & Claw on his map) to different BBQ joints from myriad southern states, Petrovsky's map is a wonderful way for the epicurious to further explore our great city. The map is best viewed on a full browser, as opposed to mobile (the restaurant reviews don't come up on the mobile version, nor is it searchable).
And he's still looking for suggestions for South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Virginia and Colorado, if you have any ideas.